COLOGNE, Germany -- The impact he can, and does, possess isn't lost on Nikolaj Ehlers.
It's the same one that impacted him as a youngster growing up in Denmark, a country that has produced but 12 NHL players to date.
Ehlers understands he can help grow those numbers.
And help hockey in his home country.
"I know small kids are looking up to me because I was once that kid," said Ehlers, who completed competing in his second World Championship with Denmark on Monday. "I was looking up to Frans Nielsen and I'm still looking up to him and all the other players. I understand that. I want to be a good role model for them, because those guys were to me.
"I don't feel a big pressure, but I like to see myself as a role model for them."